Jack Bruce Dies; Cream Bassist, Singer Was 71

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Jack Bruce, the bassist and primary vocalist of the legendary '60s blues and rock supergroup Cream, has died at the age of 71 in his native Britain.

The Scottish native, considered one of the most respected and influential bass players in history, passed away at his home in England on Saturday.

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He was surrounded by his family, BBC News quoted his publicist as saying. Jack Bruce is survived by his wife, Margrit, five children and a granddaughter.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," Bruce's loved ones said.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," they added of Jack Bruce's passing.

The cause of Bruce's death was not revealed, although the musician had battled liver cancer in the 2000s. He underwent a transplant, which he barely survived.

Featuring Bruce on bass and vocals, Cream became famous for iconic rock songs such as "I Feel Free," "White Room" and "Sunshine Of Your Love."

In addition to Bruce, the power trio featured guitarist Eric Clapton, 69, and Ginger Baker, 75. The great band split in 1968 after just a few years together.

All three reunited in 1993, performing on stage at Cream's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and then in 2005 to for several concerts in London.

Bruce was mourned online by plenty of iconic musicians, including two musicians from Ozzy Osbourne's equally famous metal band, Black Sabbath.

"So sad to hear of Jack Bruce passing," tweeted bassist Geezer Butler.

"My biggest influence and favorite bass player. Thank you, Jack. RIP."

"Very sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce, a major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer," said Tony Iommi. "He was a hero to so many."

Eric Clapton posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce passed away this morning at his home in England. He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me."

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